Gurkha's Diner, SW17 7BW
- 020 8675 1188
- 1 The Boulevard, Balham High Road, SW17 7BW
- Mon: closed; Tue-Sat: 6pm-11:30pm; Sun: noon-10:30pm
Nepalese restaurant in Balham.
The decor is quite nice, with Nepalese artifacts and prayer wheels by the door.
secretlondon visited with a group one Wednesday evening in July 2016. We hadn't booked, but there was no problem finding us a table.
They do two options called tapari which provide a range of dishes for groups. Gurkha dinner tapari (£31.50 for two people) includes grilled meat, chicken, and prawns, while vegetable tapari (£13.75) is a selection of four vegetarian dishes. Sadly none of my group wanted to share, but they look like good options if others are willing.
We were given complementary spicy crackers when we sat down. I had a starter of momos (£3.90), then mayur lamb (£8.25), palungo sag (£4.50), steamed rice (£2.75), and a bottle of Gurkha beer. I presumed having ordered a starter and two mains that it would be too much food, but actually it was almost not enough.
Our group generally felt that the food was underspiced. The waitress talked someone into ordering a less-hot version of a dish and it ended up too mild, and my hot mayur lamb just wasn't hot at all. My spinach dish was interesting — it was whole leaf rather than pureed. The Gurkha beer was just uninteresting lager.
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